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Writing has always been the centre of my life. I've had sixteen books published and I relish challenge and change. I've never stuck to a particular genre. I'm right with Patricia Highsmith in her article about 'The Price of Salt' ('Carol') when she said that if a book has to be written, then it has to be written, because it's in your chemistry at that particular time.
It has such amazing rewards for me. It brings me a really wide spectrum of readers, for one thing. And then there's the travel.....after all, if I'd always stuck to narrow genres I would never have journeyed to the Arctic in 1845 (The Ice Child); I would never have investigated an 18th century murder and discovered the all-out psychological warfare between a man and his mother-in-law (The Damnation of John Donellan). I would never have looked deeply into the mind of a Victorian painter and been hypnotised by his every brushstroke (The Girl in the Green Glass Mirror). I've imagined being lowered into a deep Somerset mine and been crushed by its claustrophobia (The Wrong House); and let myself sink into the strange effects of a benign brain tumour (Second Sight) and synaesthesia (Out of Reach). I have tried to stand in the muddy hell of 1916 in France (The Wild Dark Flowers) and the Edwardian atmosphere of a Yorkshire estate (Rutherford Park). I've put myself in the place of a German prisoner of war suffering from shellshock (The Gates of Rutherford). I have fallen in love with a child that I never knew I had, and walked into their autistic world (A Road Through the Mountains). I've inhabited the insane world of a television TV show (This Way Up and Up and Running) and, in the cause of Learning by Heart, I've witnessed a wonderful Easter in Sicily. I've been harrassed by a strange neighbour (intimate Obsession) and by an obsessive friend (You Belong to me) and been defrauded by a faithless husband (Little White Lies). Sometimes I've been astonished or disturbed by what I discover; sometimes amused and sometimes moved to tears. But always, always, so excited by what I'm doing.
At the moment I've just finished a novel set in Georgian London, and also a non-fiction investigation of a supposed murder in 1815. I'm now turning my thoughts now to that slow-grinding destroyer of souls, emotional abuse. Stay with me, it's going to be unbearably addictive.....
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Happy journeys, and happy discoveries.........
All my back titles writing as Elizabeth McGregor have been published by Open Road Media.